Friday, March 30, 2012

Biblical Truth And Captives

Yesterday, Fox News carried a story that began in February and has re-surfaced about a pastor being arrested for reading the Bible in public.

The reason?

The officer who arrested Mark Mackey, pastor of Calvary Chapel Hement, CA said, "You are not allowed to preach here, because this is a captive audience."

The 15 or 20 people were "captive" because they were standing near a DMV that was not open. The pastor was reading the Bible 50 feet from the people.

In our time of great enlightened secular progressivism, I wonder who the captives really are.

Are the religious freedoms that gave birth to this great nation being so eroded that those who advocate them become the captives?

As I read the story, it occurred to me that every day we send our children and grandchildren off to public school where they are "captives" to the teaching and sometimes preaching of beliefs that are for all intents and purposes, a form of secular religion. The doctrines and dogmas are in place. Our kids are indoctrinated by the "gospel" of evolution, secularism, Planned Parenthood's version of adolescent sexuality, abortion as woman's rights and reproductive health care, a devalued view of the sanctity of life and homosexuality as normal behavior.

Does the officer in Hemet believe the teachers should also be arrested? If not, why not? The kids are captives, are they not? They've got to go to school and they've got to get a passing grade to get out.

This past week has been a kind of "coming out" for many atheists and non-believers.

There was a rally on the National Mall in Washington DC last Saturday which, according to David Silverman, president of American Atheists, was held to "Deliver a message to America."

The message?

"We are here and we will not be silent again." They have a God given right to "be here." They also have a God given right to not be silent.

Thank God for America and the God who gave us these freedoms.

However, a rally that was called a "Reason Rally," was actually an anti-Christian event. They can do that too, because of the God given rights that America has stood for and protected.

The leftist Huffington Post reported that, "Zac Stiffen and Mwenya Mwimanzi, both 23 and from religious backgrounds, attended as out-of-the-closet atheists for the first time."

Mwimanzi said, "It is really encouraging and it makes me think there is hope for a different kind of future. Religion has dominated human history, but maybe it's time for a new direction."

The indoctrination of public education seems to be working.

I wrote in a recent Blog that President Obama returned to Arnold, Missouri on his 100th day in office and declared that the work of remaking America was well underway.

Indeed it is.

The remaking seems to require not only creating "new directions" and "a different kind of future," but abolishing the old paths that led us to become the most free and prosperous nation in the history of the world.

On February 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution that had been passed by Congress, declaring that year to be the "Year of The Bible in America."

We have traveled some new paths and taken some new directions between 1983 and 2012.

Pennsylvania lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution the other day that declares 2012 as "The Year of The Bible" in their state.

This past Monday, Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a federal law suit.

The claim?

Content in the Bible is objectionable.

They say they find content in the Bible, including, "violent, sexist and racist models of behavior, that Freedom From Religion members find personally repugnant."

So away with it.

And that content could, they say, "encourage persons who rely on them [biblical teaching] to act in a manner harmful to them and others."

So much for the old idea that the Bible is the "Good Book."

Lace all this into a stream of recent pro-homosexual legislation regarding "hate crimes" and "bullying"and welcome yourself to a great nation that was....unless.

Reagan again:

"All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, but those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions...Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society and without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure."

Unless there is a return, a restoration of the principles and beliefs that made this the greatest nation in the history of the world, democracy will not and can not endure.

Every day we are trying to influence, educate and persuade toward those founding biblical principles.

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12 comments:

  1. We can debate the legality of this, but there are tons of unanswered questions. However, only you religious nuts think what this guy was doing was ok. I don't care what he was preaching, that's just annoying. This is just another example of why so many people are getting fed up with christianists forcing their religion on everyone else.

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    1. If we only protected freedom of speech and freedom of religion when it did NOT ennoy us , we would not need a law to protect it .

      Ever notice the real folks who are nuts are the ones who always see it in other people ?

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  2. Last time I checked, being annoying is allowed and protected by the Constitution. How was this guy forcing anything? The people were free to leave, how are they then captive? Certainly, as Gary pointed out, children in the classroom are captive. They aren't allowed to leave, so forcing secular evolution on them is acceptable? That's why so many are fed up with the atheistic indoctrination of the young. We're either free to speak, all of us, or live in a police state.

    Craig in Lacey

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    1. Craig there is a movement in the liberal secular rnks to pro0mote any forms of religion as annoying , harmfull, infact it will attemt to show the ignorance of the believers to the point it should be considered child abuse to bring up children learning fairy tales. Have even seen those on the far religious left tip toe around these people , or remain on the sidelines because the primary target now are thoe more conservaitve based Catholics or Evangelicals . Without religious Freedom , we really have no freedom .

      The reason the Founders so correctly pointed out, the longevity of our republic in not in the government's hands , its how we use the freedoms . We need to treat others with respect. That does not come from government mandates .

      Mick

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  3. People were free to leave huh? Going to the dmv must be really convenient where you live. Here it takes some advance planning to find the two hours it's going to take no matter what. Having an idiot spew garbage when I'm stuck somewhere I don't want to be is insult to injury. Oh well, the legality will get worked out in the courts. Sure we're free to speak, but the courts have found there are limitations to location, etc.

    As far as children being captive to 'secular evolution' (or 'science', as the rest of the world calls it), there are options. Home schooling is probably the best way to keep them in the dark ages.

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    1. Obvioulsy you went to the public school. Because you did not comprehend the DMV was not open yet , also the Preacher was outside the building . Maybe you were learnin bout bullying or tolerance during your chance to learn about reading .

      Glad you have enlighten us with your free speech . This is a Christian blog , supported by Christians . You comments are not wanted or are they even expressed with any clarity or substance . Don't worry , yur on the side of enlighten ages , so you will not have to spend your day in jail.

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  4. Yes, there are limitations, can't yell fire in a theatre, bomb on a plane or the subway, etc. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religious expression. Christ commissioned his follwers to go and make disciples, nowhere did He say this is to be done only in a church.

    Anyone can preach the Gospel freely, anywhere they want.

    Home schooling is not a option for most, as the cost of living makes 2 income households almost a necessity. Preaching there is no God is what got us in this mess to begin with, teaching the young so, only perpetuates the misery. Darwinian evolution is a religion with man as God, there's no science involved.

    Craig in Lacey

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  5. Good Morning Anonymous 3/30/2012 at 5:14 p.m.:

    I'm one of those religious "nuts" to whom you refer. I'm a member of Mensa and hold a bachelor's degree from a major university, as well as having pursued grad school (have not finished yet).

    I read Gary's blog often. I believe it is oriented toward people of faith. In my opinion, you are the one spewing garbage and being personally insulting. It's annoying and offensive, and some would consider you to be an interloper. But I still defend your right to do so because this is still the United States of America; at least it was until it started to radically change and accelerate its descent into totalitarianism in January of 2009.

    I'm not afraid to have you spew your garbage. Why are you afraid to have other people speak their beliefs on a public street? Is it because in reality it cuts to your heart and causes you to look at the sad state of your soul? There is hope for you in Jesus Christ!

    As to homeschoolers being in the Dark Ages; you may want to check your facts there too. There is an organization called the HSLDA (Homeschoolers Legal Defense Association). If you go to their website you can see a very good article that cites not only independent private studies, but studies by various state departments of education and local school districts. Their conclusions are all very similar.

    The studies find that homeschoolers consistently outperform (typically by a wide margin) students from public schools on standardized achievement tests. The stereotype of the sub-standard homeschool education is a myth.

    You sound like a person who wants to be on the side of truth and wisdom. I think if you dig a little deeper into the Bible, homeschooling, and the U.S. Constitution, you may find that there is plenty there to help you.

    Respectfully,
    Van in Camas

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    1. Thanks Van, Public education in many regions show higher rates for those who will end up with police records then HS diplomas . A good documentary worth watching sometime is called Waiting For Superman . Basuically shows how Charter Schools has helped in certain situations and the Unions anti Charter efforts even in the face when kids are hurt because of it .

      Interesting aout this article , the preacher ended up being charged with Trespassing . Im assuming it will be thrown out of court eventually. But the ignorant comments I believe has shown an example of how our public education is failing our kids, they are not taught to think for themslselvs , check sources . Its like they believe anything that is told that agrees with their entitled mentality that socialisist views promote.

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    2. Thank you for your home comments. Home schooled, were you?

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    3. I was not home schooled . Actually read a good article in Christianity Today about parents actually moving into , or were already living in historically poor performing school districts to send their children there as a way to help out lift up the standards . Have never heard that , but that is right on also . The education of your children should basically have the main educator calling the shots , the mom and dad . Kids have different learning styles , I have reading problems , some kids are great at reading , math , etc , some will flourish in a public schoool , some home schooled ,Charter , religious school , some it seems it does not matter , they just do good anywhere . The anti school choice advocates are beginning to loose , and it should be remembered the biggest anti choice voices came from with in the present academia , so called elites .
      Mick

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  6. For the record, I am quoted in this article and I have NOT been indoctrinated by public education because I attended Catholic School and have to ministers for parents. I simply chose to use my own brain for once..

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